It's said that all is fair in love and war, and apparently that extends to business as well, even if it means taking advantage of a competitor during one of the darkest moments in their corporate history.
The ongoing Apple v. Samsung legal thunderdome continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, with internal documents which reveal the inner workings of both companies and how they planned to counter the other's latest move.
As weekends go, the middle of April came and went relatively quietly as far as the tech world was concerned. But the week is getting off to a rousing start with developers getting their hands on Windows Phone 8.1 this morning, and we've managed to round up a handful of Mac-related stories to kickstart your Monday. Did we say "kickstart"? That ties in nicely with our first story...
We are just a few weeks away from the second major Apple v. Samsung trial to happen in Northern California, but we still haven't wrapped up the first one. Why does Samsung think they should get a re-trial of the last re-trial, and what does the judge think of all of this?
A judge orders Apple to let her friend investigate every aspect of the company and then pay him for it. When another court looks askance at that arrangement and suspends it, the judge defends her original decision by using the "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide" logic. Really? Meanwhile, Samsung only wants to settle out of court if they do not have to promise to stop copying Apple. True story, though you might not believe it. Read on.
Now that Apple has proven in court that Samsung slavishly copied the iPhone, and proved it twice, we have approached the part of the event where everyone scrambles to figure out who owes what part of the bill. Like two people on a blind date gone bad, Apple and Samsung both want to go home without paying any more than they have to. Here's hoping they just use one credit card for the bill, because people who give the waiter a handful of plastic to ring up separate amounts are totally annoying. Don't do that. So, what's the damage? Read on.
The jury reached a verdict this afternoon in the "Groundhog Day" retrial between Apple and Samsung, and the decision hits Samsung's bank account hard. The ruling brings the total amount Samsung owes Apple fairly close to the original amount the jury decided upon last summer, give or take a hundred million. And despite all the numbers flying around, the biggest story coming out of this courtroom is possibly what the jurors ate for lunch. Read on.
For Samsung, rules are clearly optional. Over a dozen times in the last 10 years, the Korean company has been busted for flat-out flouting the law, and now finds itself once again attempting massive courtroom damage control. As "Patentgate" continues to unfold, Samsung is reeling from recent smack downs from two different judges, and Apple is pressing the attack. All of which begs the question: even as we engage in friendly debates about which smartphone or operating system is best, at what point do we start questioning why anyone would support a company with such a startling history of dirty, nasty, unlawful tricks?
When the jury gathers in November to determine the new amount that Samsung owes Apple for copying the iPhone and iPad, Samsung would like it very much if no one was allowed to tell the jury about how it copied the iPhone and iPad. Also, Apple has decided to break down and take care of Breaking Bad viewers who didn't know they had to pay twice for the final season. Another week of adventures for the Cupertino legal team!